Tonight, I made enchiladas from scratch, and they turned out to be really yum. Mr. J asked me to jot everything down so we can have them again soon. Below you’ll find the spice mix, sauce method, enchilada recipe, and a bonus side idea.
I really like to do a big batch of something on Sundays. It serves two purposes – it gives us time to enjoy a meal together as a family before the craziness of the week starts, and it gets me started off right with either toddler lunches or one less meal to worry about through the week.
It was great to be back in the kitchen…workin’ on something from scratch. Just like the good ole days. At our house, an important part of this meal was toddler wranglin’ by Mr. J while I got everything prepared. Getting dinner on the table isn’t as easy as it used to be, people! (Which explains the lack of picture…sorry!)
Enchilada Sauce Spice Mix
4 tsp chili powder
3 tsp paprika + 1 tsp smoked paprika (or 4 tsp regular, if you don’t have smoked)
4 teaspoons cornstarch
3 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon oregano (or Italian seasoning)
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (based on your taste preferences and how hot your particular bottle of cayenne is)
Add all ingredients to an air-tight container. Shake or stir to combine completely.
To finish the sauce, you’ll need
1 – 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes + scant amount of water
In a small saucepan on low heat, add this entire dry mixture to 1 – 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce. Rinse out the can with a small amount of water to get the last little bit of tomato out and thin the sauce. Whisk the mixture until well incorporated. Keep on low heat until needed.
Notes: This makes a lot of sauce that is thicker than traditional enchilada sauce. That’s how we like it at Chez Ary. We keep it saucy.
Based on this recipe. You can double (or multiply to your heart’s desire) this recipe easily to always have dried mix on hand stored in an air-tight container.
To complete enchiladas, you’ll also need
1 package of 8″ flour tortillas (usually 10 count)
1 lb. ground beef
1 15 oz. can refried beans
To garnish: Cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, cilantro, etc.
Brown 1 lb of ground beef, drain, and add 1 cup of sauce.
Add a little less than 1 cup of sauce to a 9 x 13 in baking pan sprayed with cooking spray.
To assemble: Spread a large spoonful of refried beans in a line on the center of an 8″ tortilla, and put meat on top. Roll up and place in pan. Continue on until pan is full and fillings are used. Add remainder of sauce on top, cheese (if using), and cover with aluminum foil. Place in 350* oven for 20-25 minutes until heated through and cheese is melted. To make this dish dairy-free, I baked without cheese and added it at the plating stage (popped in the microwave to melt before serving).
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This recipe is one of my favorites this summer. It’s so easy and versatile. It’s a quick chopped salad with the protein, dressing, and crunch recommendations below. Or it goes well as a side or topping for Asian or Mexican dishes. You can even throw a little mayo in there for a quick slaw.
When I first started making this dish, it was crockpot pizza. Then I realized the crockpot aspect wasn’t really necessary, and I wanted put my own twist on the ingredients. So the dish you see in the picture there is like it’s 3 cousin, twice removed (or something). Now, when I tell Mr. J what’s for dinner, I call this “You know that thing that’s like crockpot pizza, but isn’t made in the crockpot…that’s what we’re eating.” So much for brevity?
Here I go again with one of those recipe “concepts.” It doesn’t really have a recipe, and you can do whatever you want. I realize that when you’re first starting out in the kitchen, you HATE this kind of post, but I’m hoping that this will give you an idea.
The base for what’s pictured is Campanelle pasta with a jar of spaghetti sauce and a pound or so of browned ground beef. Then, take your favorite pizza toppings, and bam! it’s pizza pasta. You can use any sauce you want, any pasta you want, and include meat (or not). If you’ve got leftover spaghetti that needs livening up, it’s a perfect candidate, too.
If you’re out of the store-bought stuff, here’s my pizza sauce recipe. You could also use this marinara sauce recipe. Or just open up a can of tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes and throw in some herbs. Easy peasy.
For toppings, go with mushrooms, green peppers, sausage, pepperoni (the mini ones are fun), olives…the possibilities are ENDLESS! I think I’d forego the ham and pineapple on this one though! And don’t forget the cheese! I recommend mozzarella, Parmesan, and feta, if you’re feeling bold! Pop it in the oven for 15 minutes to melt the cheese and bring it all together.
This is a great make-ahead dish. However, we’ve found that the pepperonis turn brown in the leftovers so I make the base without them and add them on as we reheat throughout the week. Of course, you can do this in a large baking dish instead of individual servings. I just wanted to customize ours with our favorite toppings. Hey, that’s a fun party idea…the Super Bowl is just around the corner, you know!